Small Biz Suit Over DHS' $3B Software Deal Tossed

By Alyssa Aquino (October 27, 2020, 9:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Federal Claims handed a women-owned small business a loss on claims that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's $3 billion "two-track" procurement to consolidate its agencies' separate financial management systems was tailored towards larger firms.

Based on the administrative record, the claims court found that DHS had reasonably split the procurement into two separate contracts for financial management software and software integration services to provide itself flexibility — not to disadvantage small business bidders like Savantage Financial Services Inc. 

Savantage had challenged the "two-track" procurement in its pre-award bid protest, arguing that the split tilted bidding in...

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